Your Periods Are Funding An Anti-Abortion Charity... Here's How
That's f**ked up...
Ok, so you know that there’s still a tax on tampons and sanitary products, right?
Yep, despite MANY protests and campaigns, women are still paying 5% more for owning a vagina. Even though last year the EU made a deal so that the UK could scrap the pesky ‘tampon tax’ and it seemed like things were well on their way, it never quite happened for us ladies.
When the government didn’t get rid of the tax George Osborne (Chancellor at the time) tried to appease frustrated menstruators by promising to donate a whole chunk (£12 million) of the tax money to seventy UK charities that help women in need.
And the charities listed work for loads of good causes, like helping disabled girls to get into sport, supporting domestic violence victims and supporting victims of rape and sexual assault. So far so good.
BUT, there has been outrage because an enormous sum of £25,000 is being given to Life – an anti-abortion charity.
Whaaaat? So basically our bleeding uteruses are now raising money for anti-abortion services…
On Life’s website they describe themselves as a pro-life organisation delivering a message “of utmost respect for all human life from fertilisation to natural death – in a compassionate, evidence-based way that highlights the provision of positive alternatives.”
Life was involved in a controversy five years ago when female researchers attended their counselling services pretending to be in the stages of early pregnancy, and revealed its dodgy methods.
Life were using false statistics and scare-mongering to convince women not to get abortions. In the counselling sessions that the researchers underwent, the counsellors were using emotive language like describing the “baby” and “grandchild”, and even showing the women baby clothes.
While Life does do some good work for homeless pregnant women and children with terminal illnesses, by being pro-life and anti-abortion it is still not supporting and respecting women’s choices. A charity that is possibly a pregnant woman’s only source of support should be working to ensure their health and happiness above all else, not trying to convince them to keep a baby that they might not want or be able to support.
And if we’re gonna have to pay f**k loads more every year to keep our menstrual bleeding at bay, can we at least be sending our money to actually empower and look after women in need, plz? Thanks.